ANAVI's Dev Mic Is a Raspberry Pi RP2040-Powered Customizable Microphone for Machine Learning Work

Designed to offer an open, customizable, and extensible platform for audio capture experiments, the Dev Mic lands on Crowd Supply soon.

Bulgarian open hardware specialist ANAVI is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a gadget designed to make audio machine learning experimentation easier: the Dev Mic, powered by a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller connected to an STMicroelectronics MP23DB01HP omnidirectional microphone.

"[The] ANAVI Dev Mic is a compact, affordable, exceptionally adaptable open source microphone designed with machine learning in mind," the company writes of its latest creation. "At its core are the Seeed Studio XIAO RP2040 module and an omnidirectional digital microphone that work together to ensure high-quality sound capture and processing."

At its most basic, the ANAVI Dev Mic is exactly what it sounds like: a digital microphone, based on Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology. There's a USB Type-C connection at one side of the board, and it can be connected to a host PC for use as a USB microphone — but that's only part of the story.

"You can flash your own firmware to customize Dev Mic for specific applications," ANAVI explains, "or use its I/O [Input/Output] pins to expand its functionality by attaching additional components such as LED indicators, a mute switch, and other buttons." There are nine general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins exposed on the PCB, with unpopulated breadboard-friendly headers for ease of expansion.

As with ANAVI's earlier hardware designs, the Dev Mic is being released as open hardware: the hardware's KiCad project is available on GitHub under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, along with the design files for a laser-cut acrylic enclosure; the firmware, meanwhile, is based on Arm's Microphone Library for the Raspberry Pi Pico and made available on a separate repository under the permissive Apache 2.0 license.

ANAVI is planning to fund production of the Dev Mic via a Crowd Supply campaign, with interested parties invited to sign up to be notified when it goes live.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire:
Latest articles
Sponsored articles
Related articles
Latest articles
Read more
Related articles